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Stan Cox

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Salina, KS, United States

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  • Countercurrents.org
  • Resilience.org
  • The Hill
  • CounterPunch
  • Salon.com
  • AlterNet
  • Dissent Magazine
  • VICE
  • Pressenza in English
  • Washington Post

Past articles by Stan:

From Popovers To Popunders: The Kind Of Decarbonization That Can Succeed| Countercurrents

From the field and kitchen of discomfort food So much carbon dioxide has now accumulated in the atmosphere that it’s no longer possible to prevent a dangerous rise in global temperatures through purely technological means. In other words, it’s too late to prevent catastrophic ecological damage and human suffering simply through building more renewable electric capacity and improving energy… → Read More

The Gritty Reality Of Solar Power| Countercurrents

Unfortunately, mainstream climate visions have strayed far from confronting the existential necessity to banish fossil fuels. They simply assume that the → Read More

Enough For Everyone| Countercurrents

Given the current climate emergency and the broader ecological breakdown that looms, there are few issues more pressing than that expressed by the single → Read More

It Is Possible To Satisfy Humanity's Universal Needs Fairly And Keep The World Livable?| Countercurrents

Given the current climate emergency and the broader ecological breakdown that looms, there are few issues more pressing than that expressed by the single → Read More

Enough for Everyone

Given the current climate emergency, there are few issues more pressing than that expressed by the single word enough. → Read More

Earth Abuse and the Next Pandemic

Humanity’s transgression of ecological limits has caused widespread damage, including a climate emergency, catastrophic loss of biodiversity, and extensive degradation of soils around the world. Earth abuse is also at the root of the Covid-19 pandemic and the grim likelihood that new pathogens will continue to emerge from other animal species to infect humans. [image: “Human Miasma” by Priti… → Read More

Review of ‘Cuban Health Care: The Ongoing Revolution’ by Don Fitz

Don Fitz’s new book Cuban Health Care: The Ongoing Revolution was going to press at Monthly Review in early spring, as the pandemic was ramping up, so he had just barely enough time to slip in a postscript teasingly titled, “How Che Guevara Taught Cuba to Confront COVID-19.” The postscript puts an exclamation mark on the medical history of Cuba[Read More...] → Read More

The Coronavirus-Climate-Air Conditioning Nexus

Home air conditioning should be turned off on those many days of the year when shade and fans can provide sufficient comfort. → Read More

The coronavirus-climate-air conditioning nexus

The risk of coronavirus spread is much higher in air-conditioned indoor spaces than it is outside or on a porch. → Read More

It’s Not Just Meat: All Farm and Food Workers Are in Peril

COVID-19 outbreaks are now reaching far beyond the meatpacking industry. Migrant farmworkers in fruit orchards and vegetable fields, long the targets of intense exploitation, are seeing their health put in even greater jeopardy as they’re pushed to feed an increasingly voracious supply chain in pandemic-time. With the pandemic rolling on unchecked, the fragility of the entire U.S. food system… → Read More

Fair Enough

Whatever basic procedures and formulas end up being used for fair-shares energy rationing, they would need to be applied equitably throughout the nation → Read More

The Recent History of GDP Growth, CO2 Emissions, and Climate Policy Paralysis, All in One Table-Runner – Countercurrents

Co-Written by Stan Cox & Priti Gulati Cox Note: I began designing this table-runner just before the COVID-19 pandemic blew up in the United States. In the time I have been embroidering it, rates of death and misery have soared while wealth generation and carbon emissions (the two subjects of this work) have ended their decades-long rise and have plummeted.[Read More...] → Read More

Fair-shares rationing can cure today’s food shortages – Countercurrents

Co-Written by Stan Cox and Ezra Silk For weeks, pandemic-induced overbuying has resulted in shortages of staple foods and sanitation products. With their shelves stripped, supermarkets are donating much less to food banks just as those services are being overwhelmed by a surge of newly jobless clients. Disinfectant wipes are selling for extortionate prices online — if they are available at… → Read More

Climbing the Deadly Curves of COVID-19 and Capitalism – Countercurrents

Co-Written by Stan Cox and Priti Gulati Cox An embroidery work illustrating the early course of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States—more images of which are posted here at the Sidewalk Museum of Congress—follows the exponential growth in number of confirmed cases. The cumulative number rose very slowly through February, reached 100 on March 2, then leaped to 1,000[Read More...] → Read More

Healing the Rift Between Political Reality and Ecological Reality: A Q & A with Shaun Chamberlin – Countercurrents

If U.S. greenhouse emissions are to be driven down to zero within a decade or even two, it will not be accomplished through building more solar and wind energy capacity and relying on market competition to eliminate fossil fuels from the economy. A direct, foolproof mechanism is required to drive oil, gas, and coal out of the economy, by law[Read More...] → Read More

That Green Growth at the Heart of the Green New Deal? It’s Malignant

The Green New Deal would emulate its predecessor’s use of public investment and hiring, improvement of wages, and socioeconomic safety nets to accelerate economic growth and reduce unemployment. That part of the vision should be pretty straightforward. But in asking whether success in reaching those economic goals could also help head off ecological catastrophe, we first need to take into… → Read More

That Green Growth at the Heart of the Green New Deal? It’s Malignant – Countercurrents

A burgeoning save-the-climate effort called the Green New Deal, explains Vox’s David Roberts, “has thrust climate change into the national conversation, put House Democrats on notice, and created an intense and escalating bandwagon effect. … everyone involved in green politics is talking about the GND. … But WTF is it?” Roberts goes on to give a good summary, but no[Read More...] → Read More

Mothers of exiles: For many, the child-separation ordeal may never end

Central Americans fleeing mortal danger may now be forced to make an unimaginable decision → Read More

Mothers of Exiles: For Many, the Child-Separation Ordeal May Never End

Central Americans fleeing mortal danger may now be forced into deciding between having their children either incarcerated for years or taken away from them. From the early days of the Trump administration, the White House and Justice Department have obsessively sought to separate asylum-seeking parents from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border. The American people and the courts have mounted… → Read More

Maria in Puerto Rico: America’s Least Natural Disaster

A fissure opened in the modern mind between natural evil and moral evil, and the category of the indiscriminate, unfeeling, natural disaster was born. → Read More